Lisa Pertoso

Creativity Coach / Comedian / Learning Designer

New York, NY, USA

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🌟Feel stuck on a work or life project and need a creativity boost? 🌟 I’ll shake up your perspective with tools from comedy and experiential learning principles. Approach your challenge with fresh eyes with writing, verbal, and/or movement exercises. 💡How have I supported others? Some examples…💡 – Best practices on how to lead brainstorming / ideation sessions – Speaking / presentation / facilitation tips to increase confidence – Energizing ice breakers for more effective meetings and gatherings – Fun, creative activities for the solopreneur who needs a routine break – Feedback on humor and satire short written pieces 🌎 Why me? 🌏 * Designed & facilitated thousands of people through remote and live learning experiences * 20+ years experience in professional development, experience design, and consulting * 13 years of performing improv theater, storytelling, sketch comedy * Published writer: satire and personal essays = portfolio: Why me? The Official Bio... Lisa Pertoso is a learning designer, facilitator, and organizational coach. She founded Follow the Fear, an experiential learning company, to help organizations and individuals prepare for the future of work by developing our most vital human skills: adaptability, communication, creativity, empathy, and self-awareness. Throughout her 20+ year career, Lisa has brought playful and human-centric learning experiences to thousands of people in the U.S., Asia, Australia, and Europe. She has led workshops, classes, and talks for the public and for clients including NYC Department of Health, Brooklyn Public Library, BMW Group, Equinox, TBWA, and Pragmatic Institute. Her personal essays and satire pieces have been featured in Glamour, Women's Health, Insider, McSweeney's and more. Lisa follows her fears every day as an improvisation performer, writer, and parent. Learn more and connect with Lisa on Linkedin.




learning design

experience design




Learning Designer, Facilitator, Organizational Coach (self-employed)

Follow the Fear

Jan 2016 - current

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Satire and humorous personal essay writer

McSweeney's, Belladonna, Insider, Glamour, Canada's National Observer

Jan 2018 - current

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M.A. International Relations

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy & International Relations

Human Rights / Asia region

B.A. Sociology & Political Science

Union College

Licenses & Certifications

Influence Through Stortyelling

Pragmatic Institute

Issued May 2022

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Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

New York City

Issued Jan 2020

Design Leadership

Cooper Professional Education

Issued Sep 2019

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